More physically active and pleasant school days: Student surveys and physical activity monitoring in the Finnish schools on the Move Programme
ISPAH ePoster Library. Tammelin T. 10/15/18; 225155; 420
Tuija Tammelin
Tuija Tammelin
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Abstract Student-level surveys and physical activity (PA) monitoring have been essential in research on the Finnish Schools on the Move (FSM) programme launched in 2010. The results have informed the development of FSM, created realistic, concrete programme goals, and provided feedback for schools and local projects. Since 2016, follow-up to the FSM programme has been integrated into national-level surveys and monitoring. Based on surveys and objective PA monitoring around one third of students in Finnish comprehensive school achieve the recommended minimum of at least one hour of modera­te-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) per day. More students at primary schools involved in FSM reach this goal than other schools. PA during the school day has the greatest importance for the least physically active students. On average, students accumulate one third of their daily MVPA at school, but this rises to 42% for the most inactive students. Positive, student-level changes at the student level based on repeated measures have been observed at FSM schools: increased PA during recess and throughout the school day, more outdoor recess time, more active commuting to school during the winter and greater student involvement in planning school activities. During a two-year follow-up, more favourable changes occurred in objectively measured school day MVPA and sedentary time among students at primary schools involved in FSM than other schools. More effective promotion actions are needed to increase PA and decrease sedentary behavior in both primary and lower-secondary schools during the school day and leisure time. External funding details Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Abstract Student-level surveys and physical activity (PA) monitoring have been essential in research on the Finnish Schools on the Move (FSM) programme launched in 2010. The results have informed the development of FSM, created realistic, concrete programme goals, and provided feedback for schools and local projects. Since 2016, follow-up to the FSM programme has been integrated into national-level surveys and monitoring. Based on surveys and objective PA monitoring around one third of students in Finnish comprehensive school achieve the recommended minimum of at least one hour of modera­te-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) per day. More students at primary schools involved in FSM reach this goal than other schools. PA during the school day has the greatest importance for the least physically active students. On average, students accumulate one third of their daily MVPA at school, but this rises to 42% for the most inactive students. Positive, student-level changes at the student level based on repeated measures have been observed at FSM schools: increased PA during recess and throughout the school day, more outdoor recess time, more active commuting to school during the winter and greater student involvement in planning school activities. During a two-year follow-up, more favourable changes occurred in objectively measured school day MVPA and sedentary time among students at primary schools involved in FSM than other schools. More effective promotion actions are needed to increase PA and decrease sedentary behavior in both primary and lower-secondary schools during the school day and leisure time. External funding details Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
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